What comes to mind when someone says ‘comfort food’?? There’s just something about those comfort foods right? Something about these foods can heal and soothe us when everything seems to be going wrong. These same foods are often our Go-Tos when we feel like treating ourselves for good behavior. Comfort foods bring back loving memories of our grandmothers or favorite aunt. Or perhaps they remind us of a special vacation. Being a New Yorker I have several foods that I tend to crave. New York Pizza is number 1 on my list!! Whatever the situation or wherever we are from food has a special impact on our emotional and physical well-being. I know that despite the healthy and clean eating I still crave certain foods. What to do?? Well, I’ve tweaked some of my favorite recipes into something healthy and (still) delicious!
It’s March and still freezing (at least it is in NYC!)! One of my favorite winter comfort foods is Hot Chocolate.
1 cup organic almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 cup coconut water
2 tbsp organic Cacao powder
1 tbsp organic raw honey (to taste)
1 cinnamon stick
½ tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
In a small sauce pan start heating the almond/coconut milk and coconut water with the cinnamon stick over low to medium heat. When it starts to simmer, add the organic cacao powder and raw honey stirring well. Serve in your favorite mug and sprinkle cinnamon powder on top. Sit back and enjoy!
I don’t know about you, but there are time when I crave a burger. Here’s a yummy and protein rich twist on it!
Black Bean & Quinoa “Burger”
1 can organic black beans
½ cup cooked quinoa (prepared according to package instructions)
½ cup charred cherry tomatoes
1 thick slice organic tomato
½ tsp spanish paprika
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp himalayan sea salt
1 tbsp organic olive oil
To char the cherry tomatoes - rub them with olive oil and broil them for 3-5 minutes. You want the skin to be charred and the juices within to start to heat up.
Drain the black beans and place in a blender/food processor with the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, a little olive oil and the spices and blend together for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute. You want the ingredients to be well combined but not too smooth in consistency. Divide the mixture into 4 equal sized balls and form patties ¼” - ½” in thickness. In a medium sauce pan, lightly brown the patties for 1 minute per side (or until lightly browned). Transfer the patties to a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve on a whole grain bun or if you want to take the health factor to a higher level, on a bed of greens with a thick slice of organic tomato and slices of avocado.
Another one of my favorite comfort foods - fried chicken!
1 cup organic coconut oil
2 large organic eggs
1 cup organic almond flour
1 tsp spanish paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp himalayan sea salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
2 lbs organic chicken, thighs, drumsticks, breast
Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Place almond flour and all spices in a large bowl and combine well. Dip the chicken pieces in the whisked eggs and coat well with the dry mixture and place in frying pan for 2 minutes per side. Just enough to lightly brown the chicken pieces. Place on sheet pan and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve with sides of your choice.
Sometimes you have to satisfy your cravings and with these recipes you can do so without feeling guilty! Give these recipes a try and you’ll see that you can eat clean and enjoy every minute of every bite!
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